It’s very important to us to offer our clients high-quality dentistry for pets. So many pets suffer daily pain and even an inability to eat comfortably because they have broken, abscessed or rotten teeth or another kind of dental problem. Chronic inflammation in the mouth has debilitating effects on the entire body. We can increase a pet’s comfort as well as their overall health when we take care of their teeth.

As part of our basic dental examination for each patient, we will take an x-ray of your pet’s mouth. It’s not possible to detect all the problems that could exist if we only do a visual examination. Therefore, we have invested in high-quality x-ray equipment specifically designed for veterinary dentistry. With this equipment, we can not only diagnose problems and save your pet from pain, we can also show you exactly what needs to be cared for and why.

Caring Veterinary Dentistry

Dr. Mobley has completed additional training in pet dentistry over the last ten years. Until this training and x-ray systems specifically designed for pet dentistry became available, it wasn’t possible to detect serious problems unless they were clearly visible to the naked eye. By cleaning away tartar buildup, removing damaged or abscessed teeth, correcting infections or pulling baby teeth that failed to come out on time, we can prevent many problems later in your pet’s life.

To get our help for your dog or cat, please call our office now: (573) 888-2255.

Comprehensive Dental Examination for Your Pet

Every comprehensive dental examination begins with a full set of x-rays. We are looking for any of the following problems:

  • Extra teeth
  • Congenitally missing teeth
  • Infection in the teeth or gums
  • Fractures in teeth or jaws
  • Bite misalignment which can cause pain, tooth loss or infection
  • Palate defects
  • Damaged tooth roots
  • Cysts or tumors

Examinations, x-rays and dentistry for pets are typically performed under anesthesia. Pre-anesthetic risk-factor testing is offered and can be done the same day before the procedure. Pets will also be carefully monitored to ensure they get any support they need while under anesthesia or waking up.

Value of Dentistry for Pets

Just like us, if a pet has a problem with teeth or gums, they are likely to be in pain. They may stop eating or not eat as much. Infections in their teeth or gums can affect their kidneys, heart and overall health, just like with humans.

This is why pet dentistry has become so important. Our clients love their pets and consider them part of their families. Well-done pet dentistry gives us a way to keep these animals active and healthy longer.

Watch for these signs of dental problems in your dog or cat and call us right away if you see them:

  • Persistent bad breath
  • Rubs mouth repeatedly against something
  • Seems to eat with difficulty
  • Avoids dry food
  • Teeth are discolored
  • Extra teeth are present
  • Loose teeth or teeth that have fallen out
  • Swelling in the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Broken teeth with or without exposed pulp

In addition to treating dental issues, we can help you work out how to care for your cat or dog’s teeth at home to prevent problems. The food they eat and the toys and snacks they have can all affect their dental health.

If you have any concerns about your pet’s dental health, call us to schedule an examination at (573) 888-2255.